Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lockdown hits terminal building extension work

Patna: Work on extension of the terminal building at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport here may get delayed due to non-availability of construction materials and difficulties in transportation of other equipment amid Covid-induced lockdown in the state.
K S Vijayan, general manager (engineering), projects, Airport Authority of India (AAI)-Patna said lack of workers and delay in delivery of construction materials for superstructure of the extended area on the eastern side of the terminal building might delay the project.
“Around 50% of glasses, to be used in the extended area, are expected to arrive from Delhi soon. The internal furnishing work is expected to be completed by mid-August and the the new area would become functional by the end of August instead of July-end deadline,” Vijayan added.

The additional area of 2,000sq metre will increase the passenger handling capacity of the terminal building by 2.5 lakh per annum.

Airport director Bhupesh CH Negi said the extension and modification works are in full swing despite rain and other challenges. “AAI-Patna team is working in close coordination with all stakeholders to minimise inconvenience to the passengers and visitors during the ongoing work for new terminal building,” he said.

AAI-Patna officials thanked the Patna district administration and police for extending support in maintaining smooth flow of vehicular and passenger movement inside and outside the airport premises during construction work.

Meanwhile, Negi said after addition of the new area, number of check-in counters would increase to 20 from the existing 16 while one registered baggage X-ray machine and two hand baggage X-ray machines will also be installed. “The number of frisking booths will also increase,” Negi said, adding more facilities for passengers would eventually reduce the waiting time in queues and enable hassle-free passenger processing at various points.

The modified area will have shopping facilities, retail segment, additional frisking booths and lounge facility. The much-awaited modification of the existing terminal building is expected to ease space constraints till the airport gets the new terminal building by 2023.
25/07/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India
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